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On a lovely day for open rugby, Witney faced their first away game against a team that gave the boys a good hiding the last they met, so they had to be on their mettle.From the kick-off Robbie Richardson hared through to put Buckingham under pressure only for Witney to be penalised. A second penalty against the boys followed less than a minute later and it was obvious that an overanxious Witney were going to get no favours from the ref (well, we did get one when Robbie Richardson was very lucky to stay on the pitch after taking out a Buckingham player in the air). After 6 minutes the ref felt the need to reprimand to Mark Copperwheat and so it went on all day. Sometimes difficult to judge what he was seeing! Nevertheless, Witney were running hard and putting some great phases together but all the pressure counted for nothing when Buckingham were awarded a penalty in the Witney half for yet another infringement and slotted over the kick for a 3 : 0 lead after 17 minutes. This was a rare foray into Witney territory and the boys in blue were camped back in the Buckingham half soon after. A penalty for Witney came to nothing but shortly after Carl Campbell decided to get the show on the road and dived over for a try, confidently converted by Eddie (15). 3 : 7.Louis Collins got into the act after 22 minutes and the score was 3 : 12. There were some great passing movements to admire but Witney were guilty of impatience and had to wait till almost half time for Louis to score his second of the afternoon. Half Time 3 : 17.There was a feeling amongst the supporters that Witney could turn on the style in the second half but Buckingham were not going to lie down quietly and duly went over for a try after 43 minutes to take the score to 8 : 17. Louie Collins was determined to enjoy his afternoon, beat 4 tackles and went over for a converted try after 50 minutes. 8 : 24. Great play but woeful tackling! Buckingham built pressure close to the Witney line and the ref sent Monksie for a 10 minute rest. Buckingham took advantage of the numerical superiority and scored a try of their own to bring the score back to 13: 24. Louie Collins was deemed to have done enough for a day and Aaron Lambourne was sent on as a replacement. Still one man down but not to be seconded, Witney piled on the pressure and Mark Copperwheat did the business, taking the score to 13 : 29. Buckingham were not done though and came back for another try: 18 : 29. Joe Rowles was next to incur the refs displeasure and he swapped places with Monksie in the rest room. Buckingham, vociferously egged on by their supporters, hammered away at the Witney line but to no avail. Henry Lamb got his hands on the ball and sprinted (well almost!) down the field to relieve the pressure. Witney began to get some decisions going their way and Eddie (15) slotted 2 out of 3 penalties during this phase. 18 : 35. Sam Collins was accidently knocked out and Buckie came back for a second go. Then Will McBurnie came on for a cameo appearance and Aaron Lambourne decided to finish off Buckingham€™s resistance with a converted try. Final score 18 : 42Every player contributed massively. The forwards initially struggled to settle with 3 changes from last week but improved their tight work as the game went on: work rate, loose and support play excellent throughout. The backs defended like lions and ran some great lines.Thank you, boys, for another thrilling and enjoyable afternoon!!

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